Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Jonathan Baltrusaitis


Jonathan Baltrusaitis, (MA XDM) comes from a film and television background, spending most of his career as a writer/editor.  His Masters Research Project examined the traditional forms of civic monument and digital documentary, merging the two via locative augmented reality to create a new form of hybrid monument. Jonathan is a Ph.D. Candidate, and is working on his current research-creation dissertation project "Space, Time and Story".

Philip J. Boyle

Associate Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Philip Boyle joined the University of Waterloo in July 2014 after spending two years in the Department of Sociology at York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology (2011) from the University of Alberta and has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (Philadelphia) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK).

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Linda Carson, MFA, MSc, PhD

Lecturer (2013-2021)

Linda Carson, Ph.D. was a Continuing Lecturer at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and a wonderful colleague and friend to many in the Faculty of Arts and at the University. As a lecturer at the Stratford School, Linda made tremendous contributions to curriculum, teaching and community life.

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Tabatha Dominguez

Definite-term Lecturer

Tabatha Dominguez is a Lecturer for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo. She is one of the founding faculty members and is currently the Head of Business.

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Raymond Drainville

Ray concentrates on digital media and visual culture.
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Daniel Harley

Assistant Professor

Daniel Harley teaches digital media and design at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

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Christine McWebb

Director and Professor

I am the founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford School and have enjoyed this work tremendously. Building a wonderful campus (yes, I did have to wear a hard hat at times during the construction phase of the campus) and brand new programs from scratch has been challenging and extremely rewarding. I would do it all again!

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Lennart Nacke, PhD

Professor, Stratford School / Communication Arts | Associate Director, Graduate Studies, Stratford

Lennart Nacke is a tenured Professor of UX Research and Design for games with two decades of successful experience researching games and gamification. He is the Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and the Associate Director, Graduate Studies, of the Stratford School.

As a result of his passion for player research, he has published 200+ papers, was recognized as one of 10 HCI scholars of the last decade and listed among the 2% of scientists worldwide based on citations and application of his research.

He is researching player experience in video games, immersive VR environments, and gameful applications. Together with co-researchers, he published the PXI — player experience inventory, gamification user types hexad scale, guidelines for biofeedback and sound design in games, and a book on games user research. He is one of the world's top three leading gamification scholars (on Google Scholar), one of the world's top three leading UX researchers (on Google Scholar) and one of Canada's Top 200 and the world's Top 4,000 Computer Scientists. He is passionate about how we can use games and play to increase our well-being and health to live more fulfilled lives.

His approach to life is to keep it playful and to socialize over karaoke at conferences. You can find him writing daily on LinkedInTwitter, and his website.

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Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Definite-term Lecturer, Associate Director Undergraduate Studies

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach is trained in history and business, which is supplemented with real business practice. Having taught for over 20 years, Sebastian brings almost a decade of experience as a manager of a company.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

Associate Director Graduate Studies, Stratford | Associate Professor, Hybrid Media, Stratford/Fine Arts

Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose practice investigates urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her current research investigates the ways that sound reveals spatial and social conditions within cities and how these conditions may be articulated through networked performance, gestural interaction and data visualization. Before coming to Waterloo, Thompson taught courses in sound, media and urban practice in the Department of Visual Art at Brock University and the Department of Media Study at SUNY at Buffalo.

Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson

Associate Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Jennifer Whitson is a sociologist who researches the secret life of software, the people who make it, and how both change our daily lives. Her current projects centre on digital media incubators, indie game makers, and on the surveillance implications of data-driven design, respectively

Vivian Yang, PhD

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics

Before I joined University of Waterloo, I worked with Deloitte LLP as a Senior Manager in transfer pricing (prices for intercompany transactions within multinational firms).

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, PhD

Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in interaction design and user experience research, a member of the Games Institute and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. She directs the Safe Interactions Lab at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo.

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Cayley MacArthur

Assistant Professor | Interaction Design and User Experience Research

Cayley MacArthur, Ph.D. specializes in human-computer interaction (HCI) research, with a focus on inclusive technologies and inclusion in technology.

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Ville Mäkelä

Assistant Professor

Ville Mäkelä, Assistant Professor at Stratford, conducts research in three related areas: ubiquitous and mobile computing, virtual reality, and games.

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Lan Do


Lan Do, Ph.D. is a lecturer in Business and Marketing at the University of Waterloo Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

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Lauren Kilgour

Assistant Professor | Design and Technology

Lauren Kilgour is an Assistant Professor in Design and Technology at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. She researches the relationships among information, design, technology, and society.

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Will Zhao

Assistant Professor | Organization and Human Behaviour

Will Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Organization and Human Behaviour at the Stratford School, University of Waterloo. His PhD is from the French Grande Ecole Emlyon Business School, and he conducted his postdoctoral research as a SCANCOR scholar at Stanford University.

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Kim de Laat

Assistant Professor | Organization and Human Behaviour

Kim de Laat is an Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Behaviour at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto.

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